‘The Times’ Weighs In: ‘NYT VR’ Available Now on Gear VR

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
August 3, 2017

Today, we’re excited to share that NYT VR is now available on the Oculus Store for Gear VR! In addition to the full library of The New York Times’ immersive VR films, you also get a curated selection of films from The Daily 360—videos from journalists around the world, created with Samsung Gear 360 cameras.

To celebrate NYT VR’s Gear VR launch, we asked The Times to weigh in on virtual reality and its potential to change the face of modern journalism. Here’s what they had to say:

“VR has proven to be a valuable tool for journalism. With this immersive medium, we’re able to take our audience directly to the stories that matter—from an ice shelf in Antarctica to the frontline of Fallujah—to better understand the world around us."
— Marcelle Hopkins, Deputy Director, Video and Co-Director, VR
The New York Times

“Whether through powerfully written stories, affecting photography and video, or revealing interactive graphics, The New York Times has been transporting readers to help them make sense of the world for over 165 years. Now we have a new tool—virtual reality—that offers a compelling opportunity to transport, and to create meaning and connections. We are excited to continue our explorations and innovations within this new medium that further elevates our journalism to be ever more impactful and necessary."
— Graham Roberts, Director of Immersive Platforms Storytelling
The New York Times

“We’re excited to launch our NYT VR app on Oculus and Gear VR. Building a home for our our award-winning virtual reality journalism on the Oculus platform was a top priority for The Times in 2017. We’re looking forward to building a strong relationship with Oculus and working with them to push forward the virtual reality medium and news efforts within VR.”
— Varun Shetty, Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development
The New York Times

More to Come
Several new feature films are slated to hit the app by the end of 2017, so there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months. In the meantime, you can send questions and feedback to nytvr@nytimes.com.

See you in the funny pages!

— The Oculus Team